The Essential Falls Management Series

$150.00

A Best Practice Approach to Fall Prevention

By Rein Tideiksaar, Ph.D.

ISBN 978-1-938870-88-0
8 CD-ROMs, shrink-wrapped
Includes 135 resources plus PowerPoints for staff training
Also downloadable
© 2020

Product Description

Within nursing homes and assisting living facilities, falls constitute the single largest category of adverse events, including both physical and psychological complications. Develop a concrete plan to reduce falls in your facility with the Essential Falls Management Series. Covering a wide range of falls-related topics, and filled with assessment forms, checklists, guidelines, and PowerPoint presentations for targeted staff training, this series provides everything you need to implement a comprehensive and successful falls prevention and management program.

Topics covered include: managing falls in assisted living and in adult day services; guides to bed safety, exit alarms, and hip protectors; post-fall assessment program and resources; and addressing the unique risks and needs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Each topic contains a PowerPoint presentation for targeted staff training.

The Essential Falls Management Series is made up of 8 CD-ROMs. All CD-ROM contents are also available for download from www.healthpropress.com/falls-series-downloads. You will receive a URL and code to access the content when you receive your order.

Tools to help you create a fall prevention program include:

  • Basic falls risk screening and prevention program
  • Falls prevention guidelines
  • Falls prevention program policy
  • Falls prevention protocols
  • Falls risk intervention and screening tool
  • Environmental safety checklist
  • Environmental precautions handout
  • An approach to assessing medications and fall risk
  • Performance-Oriented Mobility Screening tool
  • Post-fall assessment and care plan interventions
  • And more!

PowerPoint presentations for targeted staff training include:

  • Preventing Falls in Acute Hospitals
  • Preventing Falls in Nursing Facilities
  • Reducing Risk of Falling in Assisted Living Facilities
  • Reducing the Risk of Falling in Adult Day Services
  • Bed Safety: Avoiding Falls and Injuries
  • Managing Hip Fracture Risk with Hip Protectors
  • Exit Alarms: A Fall Prevention Strategy
  • Reducing the Risk of Falling
  • Post-Fall Assessment In-Service Lecture

CD-ROMs:

  • Assessment and Training Tools
  • Managing Falls in Assisted Living
  • Managing Falls in Adult Day Services
  • Guide to Bed Safety
  • Guide to Exit Alarms
  • Guide to Hip Protectors
  • After the Fall
  • Falls and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Based on Rein Tideiksaar’s popular book Falls in Older People, this CD-ROM provides the basic tools for implementing a successful falls management program at any long-term care or hospital facility. This resource contains all the assessment forms, checklists, procedures, and guidelines from the book in customizable Microsoft Word or printable PDF documents. Also included are additional forms and two training presentations for staff.

PowerPoints

  • Preventing Falls in Acute Hospitals (PowerPoint)
  • Preventing Falls in Nursing Facilities (PowerPoint)

CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Best Clinical Practices in Acute Care Hospitals and Nursing Facilities
    A summary of the best clinical practices to prevent patient falls in hospitals and nursing facilities, including the most frequently occurring factors that increase fall risk, and the most commonly used interventions that reduce fall risk
  • Fall Risk Assessment
    Assessment meant to outline the approach of managing patients/residents who are at risk for falls, and to provide staff with guidance for decisions regarding fall avoidance
  • Risk Factors and Recommended Interventions
    A handy table that includes risk factors, the specific types of risks, and the recommended intervention
  • Fall Prevention and Restraint Avoidance Programs
    Detailed information of a FPRA program
  • Restraint/Non-Restraint Utilization Assessment
    Outlines the approach to managing patients/residents who are at risk for physical restraint use, and provides staff with guidance for decisions regarding the use of physical restraints and non-restraint use
  • Measuring Falls Rates and Restraint Use Rates
    Outlines how to measure fall rates and restraint use rates in a standardized manner in order to monitor internal performance over time and trends in order to identify opportunities for improvement, and compare rates with external organizations in order to provide target goals
  • Eyes and Ears Program
    Describes how to train staff to detect clinical change of not-yet-visible problems/illness and risk before falls occur, and to prevent falls by heightening staff’s awareness of patients/residents at high risk for falls
  • Ambulation Device Measurement
    Details how to measure canes and walkers
  • Ambulation Device Utilization
    Describes how to use different kinds of canes and walkers on different surfaces when walking, turning, standing, or sitting
  • Bed Safety
    Provides steps to take to help care providers learn strategies for preventing falls from beds
  • Side Rail Utilization Assessment
    Provides steps to take to assist staff in determining the appropriate use of side rails, including factors for bed mobility and bed transfers
  • Discharge Teaching Sheets
    Information to give to patients upon discharge, informing them of steps to take in home fall prevention
  • Post-Fall Assessment
    Assists staff in determining the cause or causes of a patient’s/resident’s fall and whether, as a result, additional or modified interventions are required to prevent further falls
  • Performance-Oriented Environmental Mobility Screen (POEMS)
    A screening tool used to test a resident or patient’s independent and dependent function by asking the person to perform the indicated maneuvers. Includes suggested interventions for each impairment discovered
  • Injury and Acute Medical Problems Checklist
    A checklist to summon for medical assistance if the patient/resident complains of any of the symptoms listed
  • Fall Risk Checklist
    Checklist used to determine a patient/resident’s risk of falling based on various risk factors and previous falls
  • Restraint/Non-Restraint Assessment and Care Planning Tool
    An assessment used to determine the justification of use of restraints. Includes signature that patient/resident, all staff, and family have been notified of the restraint/non-restraint recommendations
  • Side Rail Assessment and Care Planning Tool
    Assessment to determine recommendation of use of side rails. Includes signatures that patient/resident, all staff, and family have been notified of the recommendations
  • Wheelchair Programs and Modifications Checklist
    Checklist to use to observe patient’s or resident’s wheelchair mobility, by asking each individual to transfer from the chair and observe whether he or she accomplishes the task safely
  • Post Fall Assessment Tool
    Tool to create a post-fall assessment documenting the resident, the date of incident, and all needed details

Prepare staff members to better understand and manage the risks for falling in assisted living and in adult day settings with the CD-ROMs Managing Falls in Assisted Living and Managing Falls in Adult Day Services.

PowerPoints

  • Reducing the Risk of Falls in Assisted Living Facilities (PowerPoint)
    This PowerPoint presentation includes instructional notes and is designed for staff education. The presentation reviews the extent and complications of falls in assisted living facilities, the causes and risk factors for falls, preventive strategies aimed at reducing fall risk, the essential components of a fall prevention program, and a step-by-step approach to implementing a program.
  • Reducing the Risk of Falls in Adult Day Services (PowerPoint)
    This PowerPoint presentation includes instructional notes and is designed for staff education. The presentation reviews the extent and complications of falls in adult day service clients, the causes and risk factors for falls, preventive strategies aimed at reducing fall risk, the essential components of a fall prevention program, and a step-by-step approach to implementing a program.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction (Falls in Assisted Living
  • Introduction (Falls in Adult Day Services)
  • Falls in Assisted Living
    A detailed overview of falls in assisted living settings
  • Falls in Adult Day Services
    A detailed overview of falls in adult day service settings
  • Understanding Fall Risk
    A list of the internal and external factors that can place certain clients at a higher risk for falls
  • Injury Risk Factors
    Provides a list of common internal and external factors that increase the risk of injury from falls
  • Risk of Falls in Alzheimer’s Disease
    Describes fall risk management strategies as they relate to Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fall Prevention Guidelines
    This one-page guide provides both a summary of the fall prevention process and a standard to follow for fall prevention
  • Fall Prevention Protocol
    This protocol is a detailed description of the appropriate steps to take to reduce the chances of resident falls
  • Fall Prevention Program Policy
    This policy describes a proactive, standardized approach you can take to preventing falls
  • Fall Risk Intervention and Screening Tool
    This screening tool assesses all risk factors for falls and recommends targeted strategies for responding to identified fall risk factors
  • Assessing Medications and Fall Risk
    A 3-step approach to assessing medications and fall risk
  • Post-Fall Assessment
    This comprehensive post-fall assessment form helps identify treatable causes of falls for the purposes of reducing the risk of future falls
  • Basic Fall Risk Screening and Prevention Program
    Presents a simple approach to fall risk screening and prevention
  • Canes, Walkers, and Wheelchairs
    Detailed information on the mobility tools used with clients who have gait and balance disorders
  • Environmental Safety
    This handy checklist helps staff members spot and correct common environmental hazards
  • Environmental Precautions
    This handout describes hazards associated with pathways, lighting, floor surfaces, stairways/steps, storage areas, seating, bathrooms, and tables, and recommends appropriate modifications
  • Exit Alarms
    An overview of exit alarms, including common reasons for using exit alarms and factors to consider when choosing exit alarms
  • CAREing About Falls
    Use this educational poster to increase staff awareness of simple fall prevention strategies
  • Facts About Preventing Falls
    Use this educational handout to inform families about fall prevention for their loved ones
  • You Can Prevent Falls!
    A detailed handout to give to clients on how they can prevent falls in their home
  • Home Safety and Alzheimer’s Disease
    Information for caregivers on Alzheimer’s disease and fall prevention, with safety tips for in-home fall prevention
  • Components of a Successful Fall Prevention Program
    Provides a list of the major clinical and organizational factors needed to achieve a successful falls prevention program

Improved fall prevention and safety practices are vital for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This comprehensive CD-ROM addresses the unique risks posed by this population and provides detailed information about implementing a successful falls management program.

PowerPoint

  • Reducing the Risk of Falling (PowerPoint)
    This PowerPoint presentation is designed for staff education and includes notes for that purpose. It reviews the extent and complications of falls in clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the causes and risk factors for falls, preventive strategies aimed at reducing fall risk, and the components of and step-by-step approach to fall prevention.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Falls in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    Provides an overview of the importance and consequences of falls, the causes of falls, and intervention strategies aimed at reducing falls as well as an organized approach to fall prevention.
  • Understanding Fall Risk
    This document highlights specific internal and external fall risk factors in clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Fall Prevention Guidelines
    This chart summarizes the fall prevention process.
  • Fall Prevention Protocol
    This protocol describes a step-by-step approach to reducing falls.
  • Fall Prevention Program Policy
    This program policy provides an outline for establishing a proactive, standardized approach to fall prevention.
  • Fall Risk Intervention and Screening Tool
    This screening tool lists all risk factors for falls and recommends targeted strategies for responding to identified fall risk factors.
  • Post-Fall Assessment
    A comprehensive post-fall assessment is essential for identifying treatable causes of falls and reducing the risk of subsequent falls.
  • Mobility Aids
    Here is a basic review of canes, walkers, wheelchairs, and crutches that will help staff troubleshoot common problems with these mobility aids.
  • Environmental Safety
    This checklist of common environmental hazards helps staff spot and correct them.
  • Environmental Precautions
    This handout describes hazards associated with pathways, lighting, floor surfaces, seating, stairways and steps, storage areas, bathrooms, and tables, and recommends appropriate modifications.
  • CAREing About Falls
    Use this educational poster to increase staff awareness of simple fall prevention strategies.
  • Facts About Preventing Falls
    Using this educational handout with families will help them to understand the importance of fall prevention for their loved ones, even at home.
  • Components of a Successful Fall Prevention Program
    Summarizes the major clinical and organizational factors needed to achieve a successful fall prevention program.

Bed safety is a critical component of an effective falls management program, as many falls occur in the bedroom. This CD-ROM will assist in training staff to understand the fall risks associated with beds and bed transfers and to effectively use strategies for increasing bed safety.

PowerPoint

  • Bed Safety: Avoiding Falls and Injuries (PowerPoint)
    Training presentation to help staff understand the scope of the problem and complications of falls occurring from the bed or shortly after exiting the bed. Includes the causes of bed falls and related injuries, a risk assessment for bed falls, and strategies aimed at reducing bed falls, including an approach to preventing bed falls

CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Bed Safety Overview
    An overview about the importance and consquences of bed falls, the causes of bed falls, and strategies aimed at reducing bed falls
  • Bed System Entrapment Guidelines
    Illustrates the different ways a client could become entrapped in a bed, with recommendations to assist in the reduction of risk for entrapment in hospital-type bed systems in which a client is caught, trapped, or entangled in the spaces in or about the side rail, mattress, or bed frame
  • Performance-Oriented Bed Mobility Screening Tool
    A screening tool used to test a resident or patient’s ability to maneuver in various situations in or near a bed
  • Bed Safety Checklist
    A checklist to ensure the safety of a bed, including surrounding floors, lighting, equipment, and the bed itself
  • Bed Safety Protocol
    Step-by-step procedures to identify client risk for bed falls and design strategies aimed at reducing the risk of bed falls
  • Sitter Guidelines
    The purpose, goal, and suggested tasks for those who will provide continuous visual contact with a client who is identified as being at risk for a fall or injury
  • Client Education Plan: Bed Safety
    An instructional document that is used to inform clients and/or family members of the details of the safety precautions put in place to prevent them from falling
  • Side Rail Guidelines
    Detailed guide to support staff in identifying which clients may require side rails; which side rails should be used; and the correct fitting, positioning, and maintenance of side rails
  • Bed Alarm Purchase Guidelines
    A list of questions to help you understand the features of and support options for the bed alarms you are considering for purchase
  • Bed Alarm Criteria
    A list of situations in which you could consider the use of a bed alarm
  • Bed Safety Consent Form
    A form that a client can sign indicating their consent to preventative strategies such as side rails, positioning cushion, hip protectors, and more
  • Bed Safety Audit Guidelines
    Provides the steps of a clinical audit to regularly and systematically review and, if necessary, change the practices of bed safety in your organization
  • Bed Safety: Steps to Success
    Overview of steps to take to ensure bed safety, covering staff education, process, equipment, organizational support, and client and family education
  • Fall Prevention Program Guidelines
    Details on the procedures, purpose, and actions of a fall prevention program
  • Components of a Successful Falls Prevention Program
    Provides a list of the major clinical and organizational factors needed to achieve a successful falls prevention program

Exit alarms can be a valuable tool in preventing falls. Designed to monitor movement in older adults that need assistance, they alert staff to potentially hazardous situations and allow for timely interventions with older adults at risk for falling. Teach staff about the procedures for using a variety of exit alarms, including pressure-sensitive pads, pull cords, and postural change alarms.

PowerPoint

  • Exit Alarms: A Fall Prevention Strategy (PowerPoint)
    A presentation for staff training that covers the types of exit alarms available, how exit alarms work, the criteria for exit alarm use, the common uses of exit alarms, the major problems with exit alarms, and the features to look for in exit alarms

CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Use of Exit Alarms as a Fall Prevention Strategy
    This introduction to exit alarms describes what they are, how they work, what types are available, what their indications and common uses are, how to select them, and keys to success in using them.
  • Fall Prevention Program Guidelines
    This chart summarizes the essential components of a fall prevention program.
  • Performance-Oriented Mobility Screening Tools
    This set of screening tools assesses impaired bed, chair, wheelchair, and toilet transfers.
  • Environmental Modifications
    This chart lists common problems with beds, chairs, wheelchairs, and toilets and suggested modifications.
  • Exit Alarm Criteria
    This handout lists client criteria and risk factors for the appropriate use of exit alarms.
  • Exit Alarm Comparison Chart
    This chart summarizes the different types of exit alarms available and the advantages and possible drawbacks of each type. It includes pressure-sensitive pad alarms, pull-cord alarms, floor mat alarms, leg band arms, postural change alarms, infrared alarms, and built-in alarms.
  • Exit Alarm Control Units
    This chart describes the features and advantages of various exit alarm control units.
  • Exit Alarm Purchase Guidelines
    This handout lists the features to look for and ask about when purchasing exit alarms.
  • Exit Alarm Companies
    This listing of exit alarm companies by alarm type includes contact information.
  • In-Service Teaching Module
    This document presents the essential components for developing your own facility-specific exit alarm PowerPoint presentation with slide suggestions.
  • Exit Alarm Guidelines
    These clinical guidelines describe the appropriate use of exit alarms in acute or residential care settings.
  • Client Education Plan: Exit Alarms
    This educational handout informs clients and families about exit alarms.
  • Exit Alarm Consent Form
    This form can be used with clients and families to protect staff members and the facility against the risk of legal liability in the event of an injurious fall while using exit alarms.
  • Exit Alarm Testing
    These guidelines for testing exit alarms include the Sample Exit Alarm Testing Checklist.
  • Exit Alarm Audit Guidelines
    These guidelines are provided for conducting an audit of exit alarms and for evaluating the audit results.
  • Exit Alarms: Addressing Common Concerns
    This document addresses commonly reported objections to the use of exit alarms.
  • Common Root Causes of Exit Alarm Failure
    This document describes potential user, organizational, and equipment errors along with strategies for reducing failure for each.

Hip fractures resulting from falls in older adults are a major concern in all long-term and acute care settings. Learn how your facility can effectively use hip protectors to prevent those often debilitating fractures.
PowerPoint

  • Managing Hip Fracture Risk with Hip Protectors
    This PowerPoint presentation includes instructional notes and is designed for staff education. It presents the causes of and outcomes from hip fractures in older adults and describes injury-prevention measures that include the use of hip protectors. Indicators for hip protector use are discussed.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Hip Protector Guidelines
    This document provides step-by-step instructions on assessing clients for hip protector use.
  • Hip Protector Adherence Tips
    This document lists the major adherence problems associated with hip protectors and offers solutions to them.
  • Hip Protector Education Sheet
    This educational handout is used to inform patients and families about hip protectors.
  • Hip Protector Consent Form
    This consent form was designed to protect care facilities and their staff against legal liability in the event of accidental hip fracture or injury.
  • Hip Protector Audit Guidelines
    This step-by-step guide helps determine the effectiveness of hip protectors.
  • Fall Prevention Program Guidelines
    This step-by-step guide explains how to develop a fall prevention program.
  • Five Keys to Program Success
    This document describes the major factors that lead to success with hip protectors.
  • Hip Protector Supplier List
    This document lists various types of hip protectors and the companies that produce them.
  • Questions to Ask Hip Protector Companies
    This document lists critical information to gather from hip protector companies about their products.

Implement a post-fall assessment program and decrease the risk for subsequent falls at your long-term or acute care facility. Use this training CD-ROM to help staff identify factors responsible for falls in older adults and adapt fall prevention strategies to meet individual needs.

PowerPoint

  • Post-Fall Assessment: In-Service Lecture (PowerPoint)
    A PowerPoint presentation that provides staff members with an introduction to post-fall assessments

CONTENTS

  • A Best-Practice Approach to Fall Prevention
    An overview of falls and the fall prevention process
  • Fall-Prevention Program Guidelines
    A chart that lists the essential components of a fall prevention program
  • An Organized Approach to Post-Fall Assessment
    An overview of the post-fall assessment and its components
  • What is a Fall?
    A summary of various definitions of falling
  • Environmental Safety Checklist
    A chart that lists common environmental hazards and their suggested modifications
  • Fall Risk Factors
    A chart that lists the most common fall risk factors to consider in institutional settings
  • Post-Fall Mobility Screening Tool
    A screening tool to assess a client’s mobility
  • Fall Report Form
    A form for recording the circumstances and details of a client’s fall, including a post-fall action plan
  • Post-Fall Checklist
    A checklist to inform staff of a client’s fall and risk for further falls and strategies to reduce falls
  • Post-Fall: Care Plan Interventions
    A chart describing care plan recommendations based on the post-fall assessment
  • Root Causes of Falls: Process and Organizational Factors
    A chart listing care process or staff and organizational root causes of falls
  • Post-Fall Assessment Policy
    A document describing the step-by-step approach to post-fall assessments
  • Family Role in Client Safety
    A document describing an approach to educating family members and eliciting their help in monitoring clients
  • Post-Fall Assessment Audit Guidelines
    Guidelines for conducting a post-fall assessment audit.

Read Dr. Rein Tideiksaar’s falls prevention blog!

Rein Tideiksaar, Ph.D., is President of FallPrevent, LLC, a company that provides educational, legal, and marketing services in connection with fall prevention in the elderly. Dr. Tideiksaar has been active in the area of fall prevention for more than fifteen years. He has directed numerous research projects on falls and has developed fall prevention programs in community, assisted living, home care, acute care hospital, and nursing facility settings. Dr. Tideiksaar has written numerous articles and book chapters on falls and related topics. He is the author of Falls in Older People: Prevention and Management, Fourth Edition (Health Professions Press). In addition to three previous editions of this professional resource, he is the author of Falling in Old Age: Its Prevention and Treatment, Second Edition (Springer Publishing Company, 1997).

From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Tideiksaar was the Senior Vice President of Fall Prevention and Injury Reduction Systems, ElderCare Companies, Inc., Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Prior to 2000, he was Director of Geriatric Educational and Clinical Programs and Director of the Falls and Immobility Program, Department of Geriatrics, Southwest Medical Associates, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also served as Director of Geriatric Care Coordination, Sierra Health Services, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada, and Director of the Falls and Immobility Program, Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York.

Dr. Tideiksaar obtained a doctorate from Columbia Pacific University and a physician assistant certification from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Tideiksaar completed his geriatric training at the Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute, New Hyde Park, New York.

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